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AEP is American Electric Power – EPA is the Environmental Protection Agency.  Now recently AEP decided to make an announcement that because of the Clean Air Act rules – they are going to be “forced” to shut down some plants.. setting off some concerns that their customers are going to suffer.  As an op-ed in the New York Times with the title of AEP Protests Too Much says,

This is a deceptive and particularly cynical claim. The utility is making a business decision that has little to do with the rules.

These plants were already scheduled to be closed!  Some of them because of prior violations of the Clean Air Act.

Many had long been slated for retirement, in part to comply with a 2007 settlement with the George W. Bush administration in which the company agreed to settle violations of the Clean Air Act by spending $4.7 billion to retire or retrofit aging units.

According to the op ed, some of these plants were 55 years old, and some only at 5% of capacity.  They are often only used for overloads/for peak power.

AEP also whimpers that the rules timetable is much too soon, making it sound like they are being forced to retrofit in a hurry.  Well.. is in a hurry over 10 years???  These “new rules” have been contemplated since the Clinton Administration!

So – other companies have retrofitted, have made improvements.. and they are doing just fine, thank you very much.

As for the utility’s claims of undue haste, they don’t stand up to even minimal review. Both rules have been in the works since the Clinton administration, and companies that have made their plants more efficient or invested in cleaner-burning fuels or up-to-date pollution control technologies are by now well prepared to deal with them.

Their stockholders might want to ask AEP’s board why they have done nothing other than spend money on lawyers and lobbyists to stop, delay, obfuscate and generally hinder the Clean Air Act since the 1970s; instead of taking the high road and making sure their emissions are cleaner?

Mom’s Clean Air Force is having a blog radio discussion – based on a recent study by Dr. Sande Okelo of Johns Hopkins Children Center.   We’ll be discussing morbidity disparities between black and white children referred to asthma specialist care.   It is Monday, June 27 at 10:00 am.   This should be a great discussion!

Here’s the registration link with program details. http://momscleanairforce3.eventbrite.com/


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A friend of mine, Stephanie Himel-Nelson wrote a fantastic piece in the At War blog of the New York Times, Explaining War to Our Children.  I don’t have to explain war to my child, he’s a veteran of OIF himself; we have to explain it to our Granddaughter.

The last time my husband deployed, Granddaughter was only 3.  Since we live halfway across the country – she didn’t realize that her Chief was overseas, he was just a little more gone and not on the phone with Nana when she called.  This deployment, she’s 5 1/2 (don’t forget that half!) and she has asked a few questions.  I know I need to talk to our son and daughter in law about what we are going to say to her if she asks about where Chief is.  Do we tell her he’s away; do we pretend that he’s at work if we talk or skype together?

Our son was raised, until he was 7, in an active duty military family – we were stationed in Germany twice and he was immersed in both the military and German culture.  He understood that Daddy wore a green (later BDU) suit and did mysterious things “at work”. Our Granddaughter is being raised in a two veteran household, her mommy and daddy have pictures of themselves in uniform and deal with the VA daily – but I’m still not sure what she’s been told or understands what the whole Army thing means

Reading the piece, I understood Stephanie’s feelings.  Reading the comments, however, I was angry – angry that the comments were “you need to explain how awful military people are – baby killers etc”… “imperialist war machine”…. “going to war to make others rich”..  I cannot imagine that any of those making these statements would want to tell their own children that their family member’s service and the family’s sacrifice is because he or she is a tool doing the bidding of an immoral government.

Whatever our opinion of the wars our military are involved in, we are telling children,  our children, about what their parent, their family member, is doing; why Daddy isn’t home to tuck them in and read a bedtime story; why Mom is celebrating their birthday via Skype; why their big brother or sister isn’t around the dinner table; why the uncle or aunt can’t be there for the family BBQ or Thanksgiving gatherings.  To tell Stephanie, oh so politely  but nonetheless as a backhanded slap, that her children should be told their loved uncle is going to war because he’s a baby killer/war monger/fool who doesn’t know better – is insulting, foolish and frankly beneath contempt.  Stephanie is a lot nicer than I am (really, I know her, she’s a LOT nicer) and she won’t tell these people what she thinks.  Out of respect for her, I won’t say it in the comments either (I’d get into trouble) I’ll say it here – tell me something like that and you better run like a rabbit.  I’m so very proud of my husband the soldier, of my son and daughter in law the veterans.  Say anything like those comments to me and you better duck.


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